THURMAN - A two-year old girl who had apparently been left unattended for a few minutes Sunday at her mother's birthday party drowned after climbing into a swimming pool at a home at 22 Mountain Road, authorities said.
The youngster, Rachel Daley, was discovered unconscious in the above-ground pool by her mother, Rosalie Daley, 27 of Hadley, who found her lifeless and - along with others - attempted to revive the girl by cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, police said.
Warren County Sheriff's dispatch was called at 6:12 p.m., and responders found the toddler unconscious. The four-foot deep pool contained water about three feet in depth.
Authorities said the child's family was attending a multi-family party at three adjacent homes whose owners are related, and the children were going back and forth between the homes.
Police determined that Rosalie Daley had left the child with older children briefly at the party while she changed out of her wet clothes, and the toddler wandered away from the other youngsters, Warren County sheriff's Lt. Shawn Lamouree said.
"We believe the child was unaccompanied for five to 10 minutes when her mother realized she was not with the other children, and went looking for her." Lamouree said.
The toddler had apparently climbed the ladder on the side of the pool and fell in, Lamouree said, noting that no one else was in the pool at the time.
Soon after, Rosalie Daley found the child, removed her from the pool, and attempted to get her breathing again, Lamouree said.
Staff of the Thurman Emergency Squad transported the child to the Glens Falls Hospital Emergency Room where she was pronounced dead at 7:40 p.m., police said.
An examination was conducted Monday at Albany Medical Center and the cause of death was determined to be asphyxiation by drowning, Lamouree said.